Chicago, IL Chinese Restaurant Explosion, May 1925


Blast in Chicago Restaurant Causes Near Panic Among Diners.

CHICAGO, May 28 (AP)---A gas explosion in a Chinese restaurant at State and Van Buren streets in the Chicago shopping district today killed two negro employes[sic], injured a third and threw diners and shoppers into a near panic.

The blast sent police and firemen speeding to the scene with visions of a new outburst of Chinese tong warfare.

The explosion, however, was accidental. It occurred in a gas water heater on the fourth floor of the four story building, the three upper floors of which are used by the Hung Fung Lo restaurant.

The tank let loose with a report heard for blocks, sending restaurant patrons fleeing and alarming pedestrians.

William Freeman one of the negroes killed, was blown through a window.

Mansfield News, Mansfield, OH 28 May 1925